THE mother of train tragedy victim Georgia Varley yesterday paid tribute to her “sunny, happy, positive” girl.
Paula Redmond returned to Liverpool to stay with family from her home in Bray, Ireland, where she moved with Georgia three years ago.
Ms Redmond thanked Georgia’s friends for their heartfelt messages of love and support which have flooded in since Saturday’s tragedy.
She said: “Georgia was so beautiful inside and out. I knew she was very popular but I am overwhelmed by the lovely things people have been saying about her.
“She made a huge impression on people when we moved to Dublin – people have been contacting me from up and down Ireland.
“Georgia had so many friends that I could not name them all and I want them to know how much I appreciate the lovely messages we have been sent.
“Our family are all in terrible shock. As a mother there is nothing worse than loosing your baby. She was 16 but she was my only baby.”
Georgia left Ireland in January to live with her father Paul in Wirral and study at Birkenhead Sixth Form College.
Flowers and letters from her Merseyside friends at James Street station, where she died, remembered “the happiest person I have ever seen” and her “huge smile”.
They thanked her for precious memories including a Chase & Status gig and Gay Pride parade and wrote of their sadness that plans, including a summer holiday in Zante, will not happen.
Friends came together on West Kirby beach on Monday and Bray Harbour, Ireland, on Wednesday to release hundreds of lanterns into the sky.
Afterwards one tweeted: “Saying goodbye to a beautiful angel at the beach. I thought I didn’t have any more tears left, but I’m still crying.”
Friends remembered her as “Liverpool FC’s greatest fan” and tried to share her positive attitude. One tweeted: “In the words of Georgia ‘Life’s too short, party on’.”
Meanwhile Merseyside Police confirmed it was considering whether comments made by internet “trolls” on Georgia’s Facebook page constituted a criminal offence.